Fight Night Tips: Best bets for Valdez v Quigg
We make our picks for the world title bouts in Carson and San Antonio, along with a 4/1 boosted double.
Scott Quigg v Oscar Valdez
The StubHub Center in Carson, California, has hosted some great fights over the past few years, including Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title win in August 2014.
Saturday night’s bout for the WBO featherweight belt has the potential to be another classic.
Quigg has fought three times since he lost his super-bantamweight world title to Carl Frampton two years ago. He’s been impressive, with two knockouts and one win on points.
The 29-year-old from Bury has always had stamina and power, with 25 victories inside the distance to date, and he’s also improved technically since linking up with trainer Freddie Roach in February 2017.
Quigg has plenty of top-level experience, and he’ll need it against Valdez, the champion, who’s undefeated in 23 fights with 19 KOs.
The 27-year-old is a potential star, but he disappointed in his last fight against Genesis Servania, getting knocked down in the fourth round and being rocked again moments later.
Valdez can outbox anyone, but his inexperience showed against Servania.
The Mexican let his hands go and was made to pay for his sloppy defence, and he can’t afford to do the same against Quigg, who’s won six of his last nine fights by knockout, and four of those inside the first three rounds.
Quigg started slowly in his loss to Frampton before making it close late on, and there’s a chance that Valdez will use his speed and footwork to open up a gap on the scorecards in the first few rounds.
But if the Englishman can rough the champion up and drag him into a war, you’ve got to fancy him to win in a minor upset.
Sergey Lipinets v Mikey Garcia
Quigg’s fight in Carson isn’t Saturday night’s only world title bout, as Lipinets puts his IBF light welterweight belt on the line against three-weight world champion Garcia.
Lipinets is unbeaten in his 13-fight career and won his world title last time out against Akihiro Kondo in November, but the 28-year-old has never fought anyone really close to the top level.
Garcia – who has a 37-0 record with 30 knockouts – is an elite fighter.
The 30-year-old won his WBC lightweight belt with a third-round KO of Dejan Zlaticanin in January 2017, and followed that up with an easy points victory against Adrien Broner last July.
Garcia’s fast, skilful and incredibly powerful, and it’s hard to see how Lipinets has any chance of dealing with the hugely talented American.
Expect the challenger to start fast and win comfortably inside the distance, setting up a much bigger fight later in the year with either Jorge Linares or Vasyl Lomachenko.